Endless Parade of Excellence

Friday, September 23, 2005
I'm going to be away from electicity for a while, so it may be sort of quiet for a bit. You'll have to read a book or something.
Or perhaps a guest blogger may post something.

Sunday, September 18, 2005
You might want to watch this for Talk Like A Pirate Day. The ending bears a strong resemblance to some current methods of getting out of Cuba.

Saturday, September 17, 2005
We used to have a malamute. But you couldn't saddle her up and ride her.

Friday, September 16, 2005
WASTFBOTS: If you subscribe to the idea of "Intelligent Design", you will have to come to grips with the fact that one day, God (or the flying spaghetti monster) sat down and thought:
"Hmm. This planet I'm working on really needs some weird-ass critter that eats a tongue, then pretends to be the tongue. Yeah, like that. Perfect."
(via BoingBoing)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005
Guess what everyone on my list is getting for christmas? Make sure you look at the pdf of the plans. Even people who don't smoke need this.
(via Make: blog)

Sunday, September 11, 2005
The telecrapper 2000. Check out the animation of the TC2000 in action. I think I need to get caller ID.
(via MAKE: blog)

WASFTBOTS: A fluorescent shark. And shame on National Geo for confusing fluorescence with luminescence.
(thanks Ron!)

Saturday, September 10, 2005
Talking Ring. Not some new-media micro chip thingy. Much, much cooler!
(Thanks to Ken, who knows a thing or two about cool rings.)

Friday, September 09, 2005
Lessons In Electric Circuits is a free open-source series of electronics textbooks. For years, people who have taken my basic electronics workshops at InterAccess have asked me to recommend a text for further reading, and I haven't been able to come up with a good one, at a beginner level, other than The Art Of Electronics, which while excellent, and very useful, tends to scare beginners a bit, and is expensive. (Worth every penny, but it's lot of pennies.)
(via plep)

Thursday, September 08, 2005
Make a spoon into a celt. (.PDF file) A celt is an oblong stone that will spin only in one direction. If spun in the "wrong" direction, it will wobble to a stop and spin in the opposite direction. Why? Because.
I haven't made one out of a spoon yet, but i used to have a plastic celt which was sold as a "space pet".

Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Octopus vs. Shark. (May be upsetting if you like sharks.)
(via collision detection)
Update: Kat points out that the shark in question is a dogfish, so this whole scene is about half the size I was imagining.

Saturday, September 03, 2005
As some of you may know, this site is hosted by DirectNic in New Orleans. So don't be too surprised if it's up and down a bit in the next little while. One of the people there has been keeping a blog, that's well worth worth reading. It's strange to think as I sit here that people are lugging 55 gallon drums of diesel, and dodging bullets and fires just to keep this happening. Thanks, guys.